B.E. Boyden "The Boyden" 5-string banjo, Circa 1891

Boyden was a Bridgeport, Ct, maker who was issued two patents for novel banjo designs.  The second, issued in 1891, was for the design of this banjo with a rim made of many vertical plated brass cylinders tied together by two wire hoops.  A simple tone ring sits atop the cylinders.  Note the unusual neck adjustment system, the brass peghead overlay, and the multiple laminations under the veneer ebony fingerboard.

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